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Dr. Samantha Ritchie Discusses the Impact of Time Changes

first_imgSubmitted by Dr. Ritchie of Vantage PhysiciansDr. Samantha Ritchie, Vantage PhysiciansIn the wee hours of Sunday morning, November 3, we set our clocks back one hour, so that 2 a.m. becomes 1 a.m.  This theoretically means that we gain one extra hour of sleep that night, so you might expect that this would make you feel more rested.    Lots of people are chronically sleep deprived, so gaining an hour sounds like a good thing.The problem is that our bodies don’t always respond very well to changes in sleep patterns- even small ones.   When the body is suddenly asked to fall asleep an hour later each night, it may decide that that just isn’t going to happen.  The result is that people are restless at night and tend to be sleepier the next day.  This may be especially true if you are a “night owl” as opposed to a morning person.   According to an article in the Journal of Applied Psychology from 2012, this sleepiness leads to a loss of productivity, and more “cyberloafing,” which means messing around on the computer the next day at work, rather than actually working.The whole idea of daylight saving time was originally proposed by Ben Franklin, who noted that people used lots of candles at night, but slept past dawn. He wanted to get people up earlier in the morning during the long summer days.   Daylight saving time was actually enacted in the United States for the first time in World War 1, as part of an effort to conserve fuel.  At present, daylight saving time is used by the entire United States, except Arizona and Hawaii and four U.S. territories.It is not clear if daylight saving time actually saves energy now.  It probably does save us from some car crashes, however, since it is safer to drive when it is light out. The longer nights and shorter days of winter, especially here in the Pacific Northwest, signal our brains to produce more of the “hibernating hormone” melatonin.  The melatonin is important in helping us regulate our sleep cycles, but it can also make us feel lethargic.  Lots of people gain a few pounds in the winter, and often feel a little down or depressed.  SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, is a frequent problem around here as the winter sets in.  Using special SAD lights for an hour each morning helps a lot of people avoid feeling down when the short days and long nights set in. Facebook11Tweet0Pin0last_img read more


Woman Wins Biggest Bingo Jackpot in Lucky Eagle History

first_imgLucky Eagle Casino & Hotel is proudly owned and operated by the Chehalis Tribe. The casino features more than 1,000 slot machines, plus live poker, blackjack, keno and bingo. The newly expanded 171-room Eagles Landing Hotel is connected to the casino. More information on upcoming events and promotions at Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel is available at Facebook186Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Lucky Eagle Casino & HotelLucky Eagle Casino & Hotel CEO John Setterstrom presents Dorothy Black of Olympia WA with a check for $133,639. She won the jackpot playing Bingo at the casino on July 29. – Photo courtesy of Lucky Eagle Casino & HotelWhen Dorothy Black of Olympia, Wash., went to Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel in Rochester, Wash. on July 29 to play Bingo, she was hoping to win big, but she never expected to make history by winning $133,639, the largest bingo jackpot the casino has ever awarded.Black won the Teeter Totter Bingo game as part of the regular evening Bingo program and what she thought was a nice $300 prize. It wasn’t until after a Lucky Eagle Bingo team member looked at her card, that she was informed that she had also won the MPBingo® Blue Jackpot, a multi-progressive Bingo jackpot linked to more than 20 casinos nationwide.“I thought I had won $300,” Black said. “When they told me I had won $133,639, I just freaked.”Word spread quickly and soon everyone in the Bingo Hall was standing and cheering, a feeling Black described as “unreal.”“It’s awesome to have one of our own win such a huge regional jackpot,” Lucky Eagle CEO John Setterstrom said. “Thanks Dorothy for choosing Lucky Eagle.”Black plays Bingo a couple times a month at Lucky Eagle, traveling from Olympia because she loves the Bingo staff, the games and her fellow Bingo players.“I love Bingo at Lucky Eagle,” she said.With her winnings, Black is planning a trip to bring her whole family to visit her ill brother whom she hasn’t seen in more than 25 years, she said.“I have other plans (for the money), too, but that’s the most important one.”Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel has live Bingo five days a week, and features among the richest programs in the region. Guests can buy-in for $4 into the MPBingo® jackpots that are featured within several bingo games.“Everyone who plays Planet Bingo (MPBingo® Jackpot) here hopes of winning,” Bingo Manager David Dupuis said. “Winning the Blue jackpot would be like winning the lottery!”MPBingo® Blue Jackpot is a supplement to regular Bingo program in which players can win large jackpots by getting a special Bingo within regular games. The last MPBingo® Blue Jackpot awarded was in April 2014 for $182,002 to a man playing at Ft. McDowell Casino near Phoenix, Ariz.last_img read more


Planting Seeds of Reading and Eating During Food Literacy Month

first_imgSubmitted by The South Sound Reading Foundation September is Food Literacy Month in Washington and the Thurston County Food Bank, Readers to Eaters and the South Sound Reading Foundation are all partnering to provide a collection of children’s food literacy books to elementary schools’ and public libraries.  They will promote this partnership at Meadows Elementary in Lacey on Monday, September 28, with a special appearance by Washington’s First Lady Trudi Inslee.The Food Bank is passionate about providing those in need with healthier food choices and educating families about ways to bring more nutritious food into their homes. They have several nutrition-focused programs that target youth to address the adverse affects of hunger and poor nutrition. It is their mission to ensure each child has an opportunity to live a healthy and happy life.The South Sound Reading Foundation is a natural partner for this mission. Focused on promoting literacy and reading, the Reading Foundation has made a tremendous impact on youth and education in Thurston County.  SSRF leads reading and literacy based activities and volunteer programs and is excited to partner with the Thurston County Food Bank and Readers to Eaters on Food Literacy Month. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more


Westport Winery Medals At American Wine Society

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by http://www.westportwinery.comWestport WineryWestport Winery earned three medals from the American Wine Society’s competition held on November 2 and 3 in Costa Mesa, California. The winery’s caramel apple cider, Mercy, received a gold medal. Mercy, along with the winery’s other cider, Courage, benefits Mercy Ships. Both labels were drawn by winery co-owner Kim Roberts. Sculptures commemorating these wines were created by Beau Finley and Tyler Hansen, respectively, and are located in the winery’s 15-acre display garden.Photo courtesy: Westport WineryWestport’s two raspberry wines earned silver medals. Dawn Patrol, a blend of Riesling and raspberry, benefits the James Doolittle VFW Post 3057 in Westport. The grapes in this decadent wine were harvested at Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA. The sculpture commemorating this wine, located in the winery’s 9-hole executive golf course, was crafted by Tokeland artist Jeffro Uitto. Red Sky at Night, a raspberry wine with a hint of chocolate, also brought home a silver. This wine benefits Harbor Rescue. This wine’s sculpture is located in the winery’s chocolate garden. To date, Westport’s wines have earned over 300 awards in national and international competitions.Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The resort (including the restaurant, bakery, nursery and gardens) is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Westport Winery TASTING @ Cannon Beach, is located at 255 N. Hemlock. The Oregon tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.Westport Winery was named 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest. They have been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine six times. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012, received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015, and were name Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine.last_img read more


Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Alita

first_imgFacebook6Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Alita! She is a lovely, smart, 1.5-year-old, 33-pound Border Collie/Lab mix who is looking for an active forever family. Alita will need a fenced yard, plenty of exercise and a grain-free diet to keep her healthy and happy. She would love to learn agility! She prefers a home with older, dog-savvy children, no cats, and no livestock. Alita did live with another Border Collie, and does enjoy proper introduced dog pals! If there are other dogs in the house, crate dining is what she prefers because she needs to know that there is no competition for her chow. Great companion and family dog!If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Alita in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email or call 360-432-3091.Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.last_img read more


Frenemies forever: Virat Kohli reminisces about his IPL history with ABD and Eoin Morgan

first_imgAdvertisement zz9fiNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9wyWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eokx( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3conWould you ever consider trying this?😱6n8rCan your students do this? 🌚9Roller skating! Powered by Firework Virat Kohli has been in the international circuit since 2008 and while developing a reputation of being brash and arrogant, the Indian skipper has evolved which is evident with the admiration he has received from his peers.Advertisement The Indian skipper posted a throwback picture on Instagram where is seen laughing alongside former South African captain AB de Villiers and 2019 World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan.Advertisement The picture was taken before the commencement of the 2017 Champions Trophy, a competition which India managed to reach the finals of before suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Pakistan.Kohli shares a special bond with de Villiers on and off the field after sharing a dressing room for several years with Royal Challengers Bangalore.Advertisement Check out the post below:The 30-year-old added a heartwarming caption with the picture which read:“The beautiful thing about sport is that rivalries stay on the field and just with a smile and an open mind all tension between athletes can be put to rest. Play hard on the field but always be up for a laugh off it. What a blessing to have gotten to know so many amazing people through sport,”The prolific batsman won’t be a part of India’s T20 squad against Bangladesh after having played continuous cricket since the tour Down Under last year.Read AlsoWatch: Adorable Ziva gives MS Dhoni a back massage and hugs him!Hashim Amla talks up Yuvraj Singh influence in Abu Dhabi T10 league Advertisementlast_img read more


Sourav Ganguly: Very easy to convince Virat Kohli about D/N tests

first_imgAdvertisement 4aaj6qNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4v9uWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Egp( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) kwkb5Would you ever consider trying this?😱faCan your students do this? 🌚uRoller skating! Powered by Firework It took BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, “just three seconds” to convince skipper Virat Kohli into playing a Day/Night Test match against Bangladesh. After taking the realm a few days ago, the former Indian captain made some revolutionary changes to Indian cricket. During his days as the technical committee chairman three years ago, Ganguly introduced pink ball at domestic level, and now has was successfully changed the Indian Cricket Board’s stance on Day/Night Tests. India will play their first ever pink ball Test against Bangladesh in Kolkata from November 22 onwards.Advertisement Image Courtesy:“Honestly I don’t know why and what was the reason they did not want to play and accept the D/N Test (in Adelaide). I met him for an hour and the first question was we need to have day/night Tests and the answer in three seconds was let’s go ahead and do that,” Ganguly revealed in an interview.Last year, the Men in Blues turned down an opportunity to play a Day/Night Test against Australia in Adelaide, while another scope to host the West Indies for pink ball cricket was also put down for some reason.Advertisement “I really don’t know what happened in the past and what was the reason but I found him absolutely acceptable to play D/N Tests. He realises and thinks that empty stands in Tests is not the right way forward.” Dada stated.He also believes that the inception of this new style of Test cricket will gain popularity in the Indian sub-continent during a time when the longest format of the game faces the danger of zero attendance.Advertisement “People’s lives have changed, you cannot leave offices so that’s when you have to make adaptability. That’s important. Most number of times change is good. A lot of time, we hold on to things thinking what you believe is right.” Advertisementlast_img read more


Nathan Lyon reveals which batsman is ‘the new wall’ in the Indian cricket team

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/TOIAdvertisement vwd5v7NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsitdWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebt779b( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2iWould you ever consider trying this?😱u2Can your students do this? 🌚47jeg1Roller skating! Powered by Firework The last generation of the Indian cricket team had some of the most iconci names in the history of the sport, each with their uniqueness that made them stand apart from each other. Among them was the inevitable presence of Rahul Dravid, who over the years, with his precise batting technique earned the nickname of ‘The Wall’. However, that golden generation of Indian cricket is now on the chapters of history, as young, emerging players have come and cemented their position in the squad. But can there be another Dravid, who will carry forward his legacy? Nathan Lyon has the answer, and the Australian cricketer thinks ‘the new wall’ is none other than Cheteshwar Pujara!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/TOIWhile the no. 3 position in Team India’s battling order in limited overs cricket has been circulated a number of times, with the captain Virat Kohli himself coming in as the 1 down batsman in several matches, the position regarding Test cricket has rightfully sealed by Cheteshwar Pujara.The 32 year old specialist batsman has shined in various red-ball series for the Men in Blue in recent history, and in a recent interview with, Nathan Lyon had all the right words for praising Pujara.Advertisement After having a discussion about the possibility of a behind closed door Test tour against India in December, Lyon named Pujara as the team’s ‘new wall’, a throwback to Dravid’s renowned nickname.“I think Pujara flies under the radar a little bit when you look at the Indian side. Obviously you look at Rahane and Virat and these guys. But Pujara is a wall. He’s the new wall I should say,” Lyon told reporters.Advertisement The Aussie international recalled Pujara’s staggering 521 runs in the 2018-19 Test series against India, which was vital behind the 2-1 victory for the visitors.The veteran spin bowler continued: “It helps that he played exceptionally well last time out here. He adapted his game. He had a bit of luck which is what you need when you’re playing at the top level.Since his Test debut back in 2010 against Australia, Pujara ahs earned 75 caps in the format, scoring 5740 runs.“He obviously played his absolute backside off, which for India was good to see but we’re going to have to make sure that come this summer we have to come with some new plans to combat Pujara.” Lyon added.“As I said, he flies under the radar a little bit – he definitely won’t he flying under the radar come this summer,” the 32 year old concluded.Also read-Watch Nataša’s hilarious reply as Hardik asks her ‘Baby, main kya hoon tera?’Ian Chappell: Fight Coronavirus with Sachin Tendulkar’s approach in this magical knock! Advertisementlast_img read more


Child Pornography Sting Yields 14 Arrests

first_imgBy Jay Cook | FREEHOLD – An in-depth, “vitally important” investigation earlier this summer yielded the arrests of 14 men of varying ages and professions alleged to have distributed or possessed child pornography images and videos, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced last week.Dubbed Operation School’s Out, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) and its Computer Crimes Unit worked with local, state, and federal agencies from July 20 to Aug. 31 to catch the 14 Monmouth County residents. The prosecutor said these men were allegedly involved in harrowing crimes.“They all share one common thing,” Gramiccioni said of the defendants. “That is an alleged desire to watch children be brutally assaulted and be sexually abused in these child porn images.”Gramiccioni said the images depict “children as young as the age of infancy up through young teenage years.”The identities of the children in the images, as well as their origins, would not be released, the prosecutor said.A humanities professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, a retired computer scientist with federal government contracts, and an electronics technician were three of the men arrested.Gramiccioni said his office received tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, as well as information from internet service providers which noticed the criminal activity occurring.According to Gramiccioni, the defendants used websites like Dropbox and ChatStep, among others, to transfer and view the images. Most of the internet sharing was done “peer-to-peer” via computers connected to the internet.HSI Deputy Special Agent Mike McCarthy said it was important to rid the streets of these alleged child predators, who leave their victims with psychological, emotional, and physical scars.“On the surface, they look like ordinary citizens,” he said. “But behind closed doors, in front of that computer screen, they are online child sexual predators.”FBI Special Agent Tim Gallagher said authorities chase sexual predators “to the farthest reaches of the dark net and the globe.”He added the arrest announcement “highlights the diverse nature of the subjects that we go after in this type of investigation.”The MCPO teamed with the FBI; Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); state police, state Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force; and New Jersey Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory; as well as police departments from Asbury Park, Belmar, Eatontown, Freehold Township, Hazlet, Holmdel, Howell, Keansburg, Keyport, Long Branch, Manalapan, Marlboro, Middletown, Neptune, Ocean, Red Bank, Sea Bright, Tinton Falls, and Wall.The prosecutor also said each defendant is currently out on bail with conditions they have no contact with any person under the age of 18, as well as no internet use.Courtesy Monmouth County Prosecutor’s OfficeEight of the 14 men are charged with distribution of child pornography, a second degree endangering the welfare of a child offense. If convicted, they could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison, parole supervision for life, and addition to the state sex offender registry.Each of the 14 alleged are charged with possession of child pornography, a third degree endangering offense. That maximum sentence is five years in state prison, with parole supervision for life.Gramiccioni added that everyone should “stay tuned,” as he expects more cases to come out of this investigation. “It’s our obligation to try to track them down and find them,” he said.The following were arrested as part of Operation School’s Out:John G. Fenton, 55, of Port Monmouth Road in Middletown, a commercial oil delivery driver, was arrested on Aug. 4.Henry Gavilanez, 27, Monmouth Place in Long Branch, an unemployed insurance salesman, was arrested on Aug. 31.Emir Gomez, 18, of Route 35 in Eatontown, a landscaper, was arrested on Aug. 17.Paul King, 62, of Ocean Avenue in Belmar, a professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, was arrested on Aug. 16.Douglas Masto, 70, of Quaker Street in Wall, a self-employed business manager, was arrested on Aug. 10.Terrance McCuen, 53, of North Ditmar Drive in the Wanamassa section of Ocean Township, a construction site superintendent, was arrested on Aug. 2.Alan Raczek, 27, of Meadow Drive in Tinton Falls, a grocery store cashier, was arrested on July 28.Rodrigo Roldan, 65, of Coral Way in Neptune Township, a retiree who holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Colombia, was arrested on July 20.Eric C. Scherzer, 38, of Benton Avenue, of the Leonardo section of Middletown, an electronics technician, was arrested on Aug. 23.James Simmons, 69, of Harding Road in Freehold Township, a retired computer scientist and former federal government contractor, was arrested on July 26.Frederick Simzer, 30, of Monique Circle in Hazlet, a swimming pool maintenance worker, was arrested on Aug. 18.Jude I. Taylor, 38, of Bridge Avenue in Red Bank, a landscaper, was arrested on July 25.Martin Velazquez-Rodriguez, 52, of 1st Avenue in Asbury Park, a factory worker, was arrested on Aug. 30.Dale E. Williams, Jr., 46, of Leonard Avenue in Middletown, a construction worker, was arrested on July 21.This article was first published in the Sept. 21-28, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more


Red Bank Mayor May Face A Challenge in 2018

first_imgBy John Burton |RED BANK — The race for the mayor’s office, at least on the Democratic side, may have gotten more competitive with a possible contested June primary in the offing with the incumbent.Democratic municipal chairman Edward Zipprich acknowledged last week that he had a brief conversation recently with former Councilman Michael DuPont. “He has said he was interested in running,” said Zipprich of DuPont.As far as the ambitions of the current officer holder, Democratic Mayor Pasquale Menna, he said this week, “I never said I wasn’t,” running for another term, seemingly implying his intention to seek another four-year term in the November 2018 election.Could this mean the squaring off of two long-term Democratic Party stalwarts?DuPont last Friday declined to comment and Menna declined to speculate as to what DuPont will do. “You’ll have to ask him,” Menna said. Menna did acknowledge he had spoken to DuPont Tuesday but wouldn’t offer any details. “I rather you spoke to him,” was all the mayor would say.But a brief article in the Nov. 21 edition of Insider NJ, an online political publication, reported DuPont is considering a primary challenge against Menna, if he could secure the support of the municipal and county organizations, which is unclear at this point.A number of people who are active in the local Democratic party who asked to not be identified confirmed DuPont has voiced an interest in running.DuPont is the law partner of Edward J. McKenna Jr., who was Red Bank’s longest serving Democratic mayor, with 16 years in office. DuPont served three three-year terms on Red Bank Council, losing a very close election in 2015. He has been active in local and state party politics for a number of years, including working for U.S. Sen. John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign.Menna has won three terms as mayor, after serving for many years as a borough council member. For two of his three terms, he ran unopposed in the general election.On the Republican side, there has yet to be any indication whether who or even if there will be mayoral candidate.This article was first published in the Dec. 14-21, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more